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Easy Baked Flounder Over Steamed Broccoli and Brown Rice

Easy Baked Flounder Over Steamed Broccoli and Brown Rice





This is a very healthy dish, and one that my entire family enjoyed. We are still working on my youngest daughter to eat more than one bite of her fish, but she loves the rice and broccoli anyways.
10 filets of flounder (I used wild caught frozen fish for this recipe) 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp. taco seasoning 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. red pepper flakes juice of one lime 1 c. fresh cilantro, cleaned and roughly chopped 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 c. white wine
1 c. brown rice 2 c. broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces


Start by preparing the brown rice according to its directions. Add just about a quarter cup more water to the rice than the directions call for.
On a large baking dish, covered with foil, first sprinkle the minced garlic. Place the filets of flounder over the garlic. Sprinkle the fillets with the taco seasoning, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and cilantro. Drizzle the fish with the olive oil and then pour the …

Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation
I don’t know if it is something that I was born with, or if it is something that was cultivated by the environment that I grew up in. I would be surprised if the classes that I took in school did anything at all to cultivate my appreciation of the arts. I actually think that the opposite is true, although I am strongly supportive of art education for children. They were not doing a very good job when I was a kid, and they aren’t doing any better a job today. The curriculum that my kids follow through our public virtual school is nosebleed boring, yet surprisingly; they will all say that their favorite subject is art. Furthermore, through our method of education, we squash the art that naturally exists as a part of every other subject of study. There are beautiful art forms that exist in the fields of science, literature, and even mathematics, yet through the uniformity of our educational system seeks to snuff out each and every one.
I am not just speaking of the prob…

What Needs to Go?

What Needs to Go?
Clutter. It is in your house, in your yard, in your office, and in your head. Clutter is what slows us down and makes us less productive. Clutter is why we may get sick right away after we were sick a week ago, because our bodies have residue left over in them from the battle that our immune systems just fought, and it is making that system less effective. Clutter is the reason that our government is such a mess right now, and why our school systems aren’t really managing to teach kids a lot. Like a traffic jam where only twenty percent of the cars are driving towards a productive destination…the rest are just mucking up the works.
One of the best things that we can do for ourselves when we wake up each morning, is to spend a little time thinking about what it is that we need to get rid of. Every time that I give something up and let it go, I feel better, lighter. Anything can help you to achieve that sort of relief. You can stop being angry at your sister about rui…

Hash Brown Casserole

Hash Brown Casserole
I made this the other night when my neighbor was watching my kids for me. When you have someone who is willing to watch your kids, it is always nice to send dinner along with them. This one is a big hit with my children, (I hope that they didn’t eat the whole thing wile they were there).


1 medium yellow onion, diced 2 tbsp. butter 1 lb. ground pork 2 tbsp. gluten free flour 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 c. half and half 2 c. grated co-jack cheese 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 1 package frozen hash browns 1 package frozen corn


Take the corn and the hash browns out early to allow them to de-thaw. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, brown the onions, and ground pork, in the butter, stirring often. Sprinkle the flour and the garlic over the mixture and continue cooking for two more minutes. Add the half and half and continue cooking the mixture until it thickens, stirring often. Add the cheese, salt, and pepper and continue cooking until the mixture is well combined…

Twenty Books I Highly Recommend

Twenty Books I Highly Recommend
Book lists make me laugh, because they are often composed by groups of people, which causes them to contain modern novels that I doubt will be remembered a few years down the road, in addition to archaic classics that they just can’t seem to let go of. Here is a list of twenty books, that I know not a lot of people have read, and the reasons that I believe everyone should read them. This is a fun, and challenging, list. Beware; I have several series in here, so the count is longer than twenty.
1.How To Raise A Healthy Child….in spite of your Doctor: Robert S. Mendelsohn. This book is an absolute staple in our home. Every single time that we have a sickness, whether it be one of the children, or my husband or I, I go to this book. It helps me to remain level headed in medical situations. Not only is the author a personal hero of mine, he paints an honest picture of why doctors do the things that they do.http://www.amazon.com/Raise-Healthy-Child-Spite-Doc…

All the Noise

All the Noise
All the noise. All the noise. All the noise, noise, noise, noise! There is lots of noise going on at our house, well pretty much all of the time. I am sure that I will miss it when my kids are grown, but at this point in our lives it is a challenge just to survive it. For a good portion of the day all five of us are here, and the kids and I spend the majority of our time in the house because this is where we study and work. At the end of the day, I retire to my beautiful back porch, where it is blissfully quiet, to read. This daily retreat is my means of survival.
Of all of the noises, the most terrible is the squeal. All three of my kids can accomplish this noise, even my son. My youngest is the most accomplished at it because when she gets going, and believes herself truly affronted and put upon by the universe, her entire language moves into the range of the squeal, and it is physically impossible to get her to stop producing the sound, (well that’s not entirely tru…

Twenty Instant Turn-Offs for Smart Women

Twenty Instant Turn-Offs for Smart Women
We are not easy to find. We typically become attached in our mid-twenties, and we work at our relationships, so they tend to be more successful. If you are a smart man, then you will do everything within your means to catch one of us. In the process, do not do any of these things:
1.Do not ever talk over a smart woman. Many of us are very tolerant, and we may not point it out, but we will notice. If you are not interested in what we have to say; we are not interested in you. 2.Don’t try to push us into doing anything. You may think that it is cute to try and coax us into trying something that we aren’t interested in, but we do not. We find it pushy and domineering, thank you. 3.Never, ever, whistle. Intelligent women do not respond to whistles. Whistles are for dogs. My old roommate, who is a gay man, made the mistake of whistling at me once. It was on a loading dock and he was surrounded by a bunch of manly delivery guys who teased him merciless…

10 Things You Learn When You Are Gluten Intolerant

10 Things You Learn When You Are Gluten Intolerant
I have been gluten free for about five years now, my daughter has been for three, and we finally took my other son and daughter off this year. It didn’t seem fair that the other two kids got to eat things that my eldest daughter didn’t, and it was causing a lot of arguments between the kids. In addition, some research has been done on gluten contributing to hyper-activity, and who wouldn’t rather give it a try to see if it mellowed them out a bit? My father has been telling me for a few years that we should all be gluten free anyways, because in his case, and mine as well, the symptoms didn’t surface until later in life, but our early years of gluten consumption had done damage. No reason to risk that for my kids.
1.There are still plenty of things that I can eat to gain weight. Occasionally, when I tell someone that I am gluten intolerant, his or her response is: “Oh, that’s why you are so thin!” Well for one, I don’t think that I am…